While this room hasn’t changed a ton, I went ahead and took new pictures of it last week when I shared the goblet pleated drapes. Here’s what the room looked like on move in day…a nicely sized, bright space with my favorite window in the house.
And here it is today!
I adore wainscoating in a formal space, so it was top of the list for the dining room. And since we did all white below the chair rail, it allowed me to paint the ceiling blue without it feeling like dining in the bottom of a swimming pool. The plates hanging on the wall are extras from our Butler’s Pantry by Lenox china pattern. There was a manufacturing issue with them and about a year after our wedding they gave us an entirely new set based off of our registry completion list so I have loads of extras to hang all over my walls.
We purchased the table, chairs and china cabinet from Haverty’s as a set for our first anniversary. After years of hemming and hawing over what to do with it to break it up, lighten it up and make it feel not so expected, I finally skirted the six side chairs in Robert Allen Linen Duck in Natural. It’s affordable and heavy enough for light use upholstery.
I decided to leave the arm chairs unskirted with the seats covered in the Pizzicati fabric to match the drapes. I already had two little monogrammed lumbar pillows that Mother made for my old house. I made the drapes myself years ago and just recently had them professionally pleated.
I felt like the preserved flower arrangement that I had here on the table for years was tired and dated. These days I am keeping the table clean and simple with a soup tureen and candle sticks that match my china.
When entertaining or if I just happen to have some beautiful flowers, I often switch out for a blue and white jar and add a few Spode candle sticks. These particular hydrangeas came from my mother in law’s garden!
The boy’s formal portraits, both taken at age three, hang side by side in the dining room. Mother always had portraits of Sister and I in her dining room and it just seemed like the perfect place to do the same!
Peeking in from the living room, you can see the gigantic china cabinet. I’d probably pick something different if I had my druthers, but it really is lovely in person and it offers a massive amount of very functional and much needed storage! You can also get an idea here of how the two rooms flow together.
Mother gave us the antique sideboard years ago – it served as our foyer table in our first home. The lamps are from Ballard Designs with finials from At Home. They sit on glass risers from Wisteria (I love these things…I must have four sets scattered about that I’ve procured over time.) The Venetian mirror is also from Wisteria – after much searching, I think they do have the best prices on this gorgeous mirror style. Oyster shells found by Mother and Daddy-O sit in a marble bowl from Pizitz in Seaside.
And, tucked away in the corner of the dining room is my high chair. It’s one of my favorite pieces of furniture and I couldn’t bear to hide it away for the next thirty years until I have a little granddarling to use it. Mother and Daddy-O had it painted by the same Savannah artist that painted the walls of my room as a child and gave it to us as a baby shower gift before we had John. The underside of the tray holds a very special message.
But the most beautiful thing about the dining room is that we use it… a lot … for everything from birthday shin digs to supper clubs to holidays to Sunday Suppers!
Paint – Benjamin Moore Beach Glass (walls/ceiling) and Benjamin Moore Alabaster (trim)
Curtains – Lewis and Sheron Silk in Aquamarine, trimmed in P Kaufmann Pizzicati in Robin’s Egg, made by me
Drapery hardware – Antique Drapery Rod Company
Floor – unstained white oak
Rug – Indoor/Outdoor French Leopard by Ballard Designs
I often see people questioning how functional a formal dining room is these days. If I were building a house right now, I’d still put one in. I think I’d forego the formal living room, however :-)
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